Monday, January 28, 2008

Schko-Mo's Wedding Reception

This past weekend Matt & Daisy Tiller and Alex and I traveled to Brainard, Nebraska to attend a wedding reception for Jason and Amy Schommer. Jason also went to Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and played basketball with Alex (Jason was a Sophomore when Alex was a Freshman.) When Schommer was finished in North Platte he then attended Kearney as Alex also did when he was finished in North Platte. Matt and Alex lived together while in Kearney and still hung out with this crazy guy, Schommer. Anyway, they have remained friends since and when Jason called and said he was having a wedding reception we knew we had to go!

Jason and Amy

Jason and Amy's first dance

Matt & Daisy

Daisy and Me

The crazy ones

Feelin' the love...

...Showin' the love

Monday, January 21, 2008

Evan Joseph

Friday night Grandma Cathy had a visitor over for the evening - EVAN! I went out to her house to eat and catch some shots of Evan so that I could post how cute he was so all could see!!! Anyway, he has this new thing going on where he makes a ridiculous face. I can't tell if he's constipated or trying to show the mean side of Evan. It was really funny because every time he would make the ridiculous pouty face he would run over to me and the camera and just start laughing and saying "Can I see?' Yes, he knew exactly what he was doing making those faces. He used to be such a ham in front of the camera, not that I didn't catch a couple of him hamming it up, but apparently he would much rather make the weird-o faces! Either way - they make me laugh looking at them!!

Maybe he is the puppy Frankie in this one...
(One time Evan grabbed my sandal in his mouth and started barking like a dog. When Mom and I asked him what he was doing he said his name was Frankie!)

Pretending to be Grumpy Evan

Told you - he really knows how to ham it up when he wants to!

Some day he will hate me for this picture!!! I just so happend to be able to snap a shot of him as he was coming out of the bathroom, and with a grin on his face to top it off!!

I believe in this picture he was showing Aunt Mindy how he dances.

If this isn't a mischievous look then I don't know what is.

This and the following pictures where while we were eating. He started out not wanting to eat because he was having so much fun crashing his cars into the kitchen door. Apparently that is a fun game but he doesn't let anyone else play because they 'don't know how to do it right.'

I think this is where he started getting bored with eating.

Now the race is on - he wanted to race Ryan while we were eating to see who could get done first.

Shoveling it in...

Almost finished

After everyone was finished eating and had left, Evan crawled up to the bar and found a package of peanuts in Grandma's purse and really wanted to eat them. Grandma remembered that she had made strawberry cheesecake and asked Evan if he would like to have some dessert. At first he put on the pouty face and I told him Evan, those are strawberries on there. He then looked at Mom and without even trying a piece says "Oh Grandma Cathy thank-you, I love it!" It was absolutely hilarious!

On Saturday we took Evan to McCook so that he could stay with Steven for the night. This is him pretending he doesn't like the camera.

Evan in Wal-Mart in Gma Cathy's cart.

Hamming it up because he was so happy Grandma Cathy found some body soap!

Evan and Daddy giving the thumbs up
Evan cheesin' with Aunt Mindy

You can be the judges on this picture. Is Evan really excited to be taking a picture with Grandma Cathy or is he terrified? :)

Monday, January 14, 2008


Just a couple pictures to add for Sunday since I did so many for 'Fun on the Farm'. On Sunday Alex and I (when I say that, I mean Alex) saddled up Thunder and Katie and we took them over to Slappy's. Slappy needed some help getting his cattle moved so Alex and I helped - Alex helped I pretty much just went along to ride the horse. We drove the cattle (for those of you that aren't as smart as me [ha ha ha] that means we just followed behind the cows on the horses while they followed a pickup with a haybale) for about 4 miles. We did manage to lose four - they veered off the road and went into some pretty tall weeds and ended up jumping a fence. So they aren't lost in the sense we don't know where they went - just lost meaning they didn't make it with us to the final destination. Anyway - when we got to the destination then we loaded them up on the trailers to take them to Slappy's where they will calve. Today I am a little sore for riding that long, since I don't do it that often - but it was still a pretty good time - cold towards the end - but fun.

It's hard to see in this picture, but on our way home from Slappy's, Alex spotted a Bald Eagle out in the field. It flew up and landed in this tree. If you look pretty much straight on in the picture, to the left a little on that bottom branch - you can see some white, that is the Bald Eagle's head. I tried to get a picture of him eating whatever was dead in the field but he flew up too fast.

The fun of hauling cattle in a trailer! No matter if you haul them 5 miles or 50 miles - the amount of poo always seems to be the same.
Getting all the poo!!!

Fun on the Farm

Saturday there were some goats for sale at an auction. Haag's have some goats out to their place thanks to Ira, so Bob hooked up the trailer to go buy himself a Billy goat for his Nannies. He left about 10 that morning and Alex and I just had to get pictures of him hooking up his trailer to head out to buy some goats. Enjoy!

This is what we like to call 'The Rigg' - notice how nicely everything matches!!

This is Bob hooking up the trailer tail lights.

And again....

Now it is later on in the afternoon and Alex and I have decided that we are going to go out to the farm right outside of Indianola and trim the horses feet. Of course I didn't help in the 'trimming' but I did manage to take some pictures of the animals they have running around out there.

The farm isn't like what you would think when I say 'farm' in southwest Nebraska. It is a farm in the sense that it is located out of city limits. There are some acres that are also included in the farm but farming is not their full-time job. It is recreational - at least that is what I call it but they might have a few other choice words to use instead of recreational!!!

My friends have asked me what we do when we go out to the farm and although these pictures really don't show you what I do out there, I just thought it would be fun to show you what's all out there at the farm. Actually - these pictures do show you what I do - nothing!!!

Alex made me wear this attire - he said it made me more cowboy. I don't get it but I gave it a big thumbs up!!!

Alex showing me how all the cool kids are wearing their jeans/boots nowadays!

Here starts the pictures of the 'critters' around the farm. Yes that is a cat and yes s/he (I didn't check which) is chowing down on some corn.

I swear they have cat food but apparently the corn is that good!

This is a picture of Thunder. The picture looks this way because I think he was kicking up some dirt when he first stepped around. He is the first horse that gets to go through the torture of getting his feet trimmed - actually I don't think it is that torturous, just uncomfortable for them. (I think that's what Alex said!!)

A full body view of Thunder. Alex uses this horse when he ropes. Lately he has been using him to head but I am pretty sure he also has been used to heal.

Getting down and dirty with Thunder!

Scraping the 'stuff' out of his feet?? Not sure if feet is the proper word or hoof. Not sure, but I know 'stuff' definitely is the proper word!!

I had a picture of him clipping Thunder but I must have deleted it. Anyway, he clips then does what I call 'files the nail' but don't go repeating that to someone who knows because then you will look like an idiot. There is real terminology but I forgot it already!!

This is Katie. Her turn next.

Full view of Katie. Alex has been taking her to rope as well. I think I have only seen her be used as a healing horse. She wasn't as cooperative with Alex on the trimming of the 'feet' as Thunder was because as I was walking around taking the following pictures I could hear him yelling at her in the barn. Priceless!!
These are the colts - Colonel and Captain.

Colonel is the one in front and Captain is behind.

These are the draft horses - May, Babe, Ruby and Rose.

These two are May and Babe.

Again, May and Babe, but I couldn't tell you which is which - I think May is on the left. 50-50 chance of being right on this one!!!

Here is Ruby and Rose. This team of horses actually belong to Alex.

Here they are eating. I am almost certain that Ruby is on the left - 50% certain!

This little guy here is Dusty. Bob bought this horse for Dylan (grandson) to ride.

Dusty - up close and personal!

This is Buffy - with Dusty hot on her heals! This is the only picture I got of Buffy because she was sort-of being camera shy!

This is Buck. He is a pretty old horse but Alex still uses him to head. He still is a good horse for roping - takes off pretty fast. (No, I don't know that for sure, but that's what I have heard! I don't rope!!)

Action shot of Buck!!!

Alex riding Katie bareback.

Alex being mean to the kitty.

Alex loving the kitty.

Me chillin' with Colonel and Captain. (Man, my outfit gets better looking each time I see it!!)

Colonel giving Alex kisses.

The rooster!!! I was looking for him all afternoon and couldn't find him anywhere. Finally, when I was about to give up - out he came!!

Yeah, Bob & Alex do have some cows so I had to take a picture of them. I sure hope everyone has seen at least one in their lifetime, if not - get out more!!!

So, now Bob is back with the Billy!! Eveyone is so excited - well I don't know about everyone but I think the Nannies were....

Here is the new Billy in the trailer.

Bob also got three Nannies along with this Billy.

The goats patiently awaiting the arrival of their new mate!!

Maybe not patiently awaiting.....

Trying to sneak a peak....

The big arrival.

Not sure what to think.

Everyone 'sniffing' him out.

Look at that big fella'!!

Bob giving them some grain.

Bob got Rose and Ruby all ready to go take hay over to the cows. He hooks them up on the hayrack and the horses pull it over to the stalks so we can drop of some hay. Actually I think it's cane - same difference, right?!

"Watch out, they come at you fast!"

Rose and Ruby hooked up to the hayrack.

'Rear view'

Over at the stalks. Alex is such a good helper!

Alex posing for the camera.

Alex actually might be helping a little in this shot.

Cows eating - fascinating I know!

This 'lil guy isn't really supposed to be over in the stalks I don't think. We took his picture because he's got some cockleburs or something all over him. Interesting......

End of the day, time to go home.